Veteran entertainers should be rewarded for their sacrifices – Mr Latin

Veteran Nollywood actor, Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr Latin, has said veteran entertainers should be rewarded for their sacrifices.

He stated this in an interview with Saturday Beats while advisin young actors to give priority to professional training and not be in a haste for success.

The president, Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, further urged them against using short cuts to attain success.

Mr Latin said; “Young actors should be dedicated to their profession. They should give themselves what they deserve and go through the right channels. Even though we welcome everyone to the industry, young actors should not cut corners for success. You either go through a professional institution or learn from a recognised theatre leader.”

Amusan, who recently unveiled the TAMPAN Welfare Foundation, noted that the primary aim of establishing it was to take care of sick veteran actors.

He said; “We think this is the right time to pay back individuals in the industry who have sacrificed for the young ones to thrive. Most of them are not making money anymore. The least we can do to help veterans is to take their health seriously.

“That is why we formed the TAMPAN Foundation. The foundation will cater for 200 elders’ health for a year after which we will increase it to 300 or 400 in the long run.”

Mr Latin added that young actors were not left out as they would also be entitled to some healthcare benefits.